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May 2015 - Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December. Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre ...more
May 2015 - Soils host a quarter of our planet's biodiversity. Soil is one of nature's most complex ecosystems: it contains a myriad of organisms which interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible.
May 2015 - Data on food availablity.
Apr 2015 - Somalia in 2014 exported a record 5 million livestock to markets in the Gulf of Arabia thanks to heavy investments in animal disease prevention backed by the European Union and the United Kingdom. This is the highest number of live animals exported from Somalia in the last 20 years. The export ...more
Apr 2015 - One large egg (50gr) provides the daily requirements* of 27% selenium, 25% vitamin B12, 23% choline, 15% riboflavin, 13% protein, 11% phosphorus, 9% vitamin D. * Based on approximate averages for adult male/female from 5 databases (Australia, Canada, China, EU, USA)
Apr 2015 - Soils deliver ecosystem services that enable life on Earth.
Apr 2015 - This infographic illustrates how soil is formed.
Mar 2015 - Healthy soils are the foundation of the food system. Our soils are the basis for agriculture and the medium in which nearly all food-producing plants grow. Healthy soils produce healthy crops that in turn nourish people and animals. Indeed, soil quality is directly linked to food quality and quantity. With a ...more
Soil is a non-renewable resource. Its preservation is essential for food security and our sustainable future
Mar 2015 - Soil is a finite resource, meaning its loss and degradation is not recoverable within a human lifespan. As a core component of land resources, agricultural development and ecological sustainability, it is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for many critical ecosystem services. It is therefore a ...more
Biodiversity for food security and nutrition: 30 years of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Feb 2015 - Genetic resources for food and agriculture are not only of actual but even more of potential value to food security, nutrition and livelihoods. However, biodiversity, and in particular genetic diversity, is being lost at an alarming rate. The Commission provides the only permanent forum for governments to discuss and negotiate matters ...more